From the Other Side (De L'autre Cote)
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From the Other Side (De L'autre Cote)
The story is old as the hills, yet every day it continues to unfold, every day more terribly.Sometimes poor people, in an attempt to survive, risk their lives and leave everything behind to live elsewhere. But they're not wanted elsewhere. And if they are wanted it's for their labor, to do jobs that no one wants to do. Some will pay for others to do those jobs, but not much.In FROM THE OTHER SIDE, elsewhere is the United States and the poor are mostly Mexicans. Renowned filmmaker Chantal Akerman shifts her focus between the border towns of Agua Prieta, Sonora, where people from all… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

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"A highly stylized and artsy documentary that is more concerned with emotionalism and visual expressiveness than facts."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Akerman assumes the persona of a visitor who is probing the surface with the keen eye of a trained observer, but also with the humility of a stranger."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Chantal Akerman's new documentary is bewilderingly narrow."
‑ Dan Callahan,
"A spare, painterly and scrupulously unsentimental look at the plight of illegal Mexican immigrants massed at the United States border."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Times
"Thought-provoking documentary on illegal immigrants."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Akerman spends so much time capturing non-events, albeit picturesquely, she misses out on the opportunity to delve deeper into the plights of the people themselves."
‑ Jordan Reed, Boxoffice Magazine
"Akerman's characteristically patient, pensive approach elegantly accommodates her reportorial responsibilities."
‑ Jessica Winter, Village Voice
"This film goes for more of a stylistic effect leaving the political impact secondary. A more effective approach would have made this much more the film that was needed."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, Mark Leeper's Reviews
"Akerman is a first-rate visual artist, and the film's most eloquent passages are her long, silent shots of the landscape that soon reveal deeper layers of meaning."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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